Attorney General announces indictment in metro-area prescription fraud, theft case

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that the Statewide Grand Jury has issued an indictment for Stephen Poretz (DOB: 9/15/1971), Holly Green-Holden (DOB: 9/24/1967) and  Brittany Highland (DOB: 1/23/1987) on suspicion that they fraudulently used doctors’ Drug Enforcement Administration numbers to obtain prescription painkillers.

According to the 91-count indictment, Poretz, an employee of Cherry Creek Pediatrics, a Glendale medical clinic, and Green-Holden, an administrative employee of the clinic, obtained prescriptions for painkillers for themselves by calling in fake prescriptions to pharmacies starting in 2007. Dr. Jody Mathie, part owner of Cherry Creek Pediatrics, told investigators that neither Poretz nor Green-Holden had her permission to call in prescriptions for controlled substances without a doctor’s approval.

Poretz, whom Cherry Creek Pediatrics hired as a part-time nurse on March 7, 2007, entered into an agreement with the Colorado State Nursing Board to stop practicing as a registered nurse two days earlier. According to the indictment, Poretz did not disclosure this fact or the surrender of his license on Aug. 17, 2007 to his employer. Poretz is suspected of accepting a promotion to become the clinic’s nursing supervisor/office nurse manager, which had a salary of $62,000 a year — a position that required a license to practice as a registered nurse.

Poretz, Green-Holden and Highland are suspected of fraudulently obtaining the prescription painkiller from pharmacies in Aurora, Centennial, Denver, Federal Heights, Greenwood Village, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Parker and Westminster.

According to the indictment, Highland, Green-Holden’s adult daughter, benefited from Poretz and Green Holden’s use of doctors’ Drug Enforcement Administration numbers to fraudulently obtain controlled substances.

Jennifer Blakeley (DOB: 5/25/1970), who also was named in the indictment, is suspected of obtaining prescription painkillers through fraud or deceit. She is not suspected using doctors’ Drug Enforcement Administration numbers to obtain prescription painkillers.

The Office of the Attorney General obtained the indictment against Poretz, Green-Holden, Highland and Blakeley as part of a joint investigation with the Glendale Police Department. The Office of the Attorney General will prosecute Poretz, Green-Holden, Highland and Blakeley in Arapahoe County District Court.

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